The Best Foundations for Oily Skin -- Tarte, Neutrogena, Fenty Beauty and More
By Megan McIntyre
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No matter your skin type, finding the right foundation can be a struggle. And when your skin naturally produces excess oil, this is especially true -- many formulas can be too heavy or greasy, clog your pores or cause breakouts. Too often you wind up with foundation that smears, looks shiny and creases around your mouth and eyes.
But that doesn’t mean you are doomed to a foundation-free life. Many of today’s products have been created not just to be compatible with oily skin, but to also address common issues that makeup wearers with excess oil constantly deal with.
Whether you want full coverage or a natural finish, whether you are looking to hide blemishes or even out skin tone, we’ve rounded up the best foundations for oily skin. And, yes, they’re all available online -- so you don’t have to leave the house sans foundation, after all.
Shop our picks of the best foundations for oily skin, below.
If blemishes are your main concern, this foundation will be your skin’s new BFF. It’s infused with salicylic acid, one of the most potent acne treatments around -- meaning this foundation actually helps prevent and treat breakouts while you wear it.
Not only does Rihanna’s foundation line have a shade for literally everyone, it also boasts a shine-free finish and pore-minimizing, imperfection-blurring formula. Plus, it has high-tech climate-adaptive technology, meaning it’s resistant to sweat and humidity -- so no more sliding, creasing foundation.
Powder foundations were practically made for oily skin types, and BareMinerals wrote the book on them. The brand's Original Loose Powder Foundation is a safe, clean option for those with problem skin, as it’s free of potentially irritating and pore-clogging ingredients like parabens, gluten, talc and synthetic fragrances. When buffed on the skin, it transforms into a blendable cream that gives the coverage of a liquid foundation with the lightweight feel of a powder.
While you may not necessarily need your foundation to last 24 hours, it’s nice to know it’s an option. This water-based fluid foundation contains a high concentration of pigments, giving it a full-coverage effect that virtually erases the appearance of blemishes, under-eye circles and dark spots -- all without caking or suffocating skin.
Urban Decay’s newest foundation is waterproof, longwear, breathable and flexible on the skin. Plus, it comes in 50 shades with nine intensities, three master tones and seven undertones. It’s your skin, but so much better.
CC creams (aka color-correcting creams) are a Korean import that act like a next-level tinted moisturizer. This mineral SPF CC cream provides all the benefits of an anti-aging cream, plus it helps even out skin tone and covers imperfections with “light-scattering optics.” Bonus: It is formulated with kaolin clay to absorb excess oil.
If you feel like you can see your pores from space (you can’t, but we get it), this blurring foundation is your new BFF. It’s infused with antioxidants and anti-aging extracts and provides a sheer to medium finish that airbrushes skin to give you a smooth, poreless complexion.
Don’t smother your skin in heavy foundation! Use this breathable fluid makeup instead. Infused with skin-pampering ingredients like hyaluronic acid and vitamins A, C and E, it gives skin a satin finish that’s buildable and treats dullness and dehydration. Oh, and it has built-in SPF protection.
Each product has been selected, and each product’s style has been reviewed, by our editorial team; however, we may receive affiliate commissions from some links to products on this page. Prices listed are subject to change by the retailer.